About Eco Nuts
About the Founders
Mona is a scientist, actress, model, comedian and an authority on all things truly eco. A graduate of Hampshire College, she has done wildlife rehabilitation, studied salamanders in western Massachusetts, discovered new species of micro spiders in the Costa Rican rainforest, and worked with leopards, lions, tigers and bears. She has been in movies and on TV since her debut on Sesame Street at age 5. A former animation artist, she has done much of the graphic arts for the company. Having suffered from a “normal detergent” allergy all her life as well as a sensitivity to dyes and fragrances, Mona is extremely discerning when it comes to products that touch her skin and has been very active in raising environmental awareness. Mona often speaks at industry events and is the one who usually writes the Eco Nuts blog posts.
A serial entrepreneur, Scott started his first successful business at age 16. A former Pirates of the Caribbean Actor, Scott played Duncan in the first two movies before hanging up his pirate hat to pursue a more fulfilling role as president of Eco Nuts. He is an ecological enthusiast with a love for nature, animals and a pristine environment. Scott loves the water, snorkeling, paddle boarding, surfing and boogie boarding. His love for the ocean inspired him to make plastic-free products, and Eco Nuts as close to a plastic-free company as possible.
How We Started
It bothered us that when we took walks on the beach, it was littered with the plastic bottles of so-called eco-friendly detergents and cleaners.
We first learned about soap nuts because Scott’s uncle recommended them for Mona’s skin allergies. Mona has very sensitive skin was using the detergent her Dr. recommended but was still having problems with eczema and rashes.
At the time there was a handful of small companies selling them to consumers. When we ordered our first soap nuts, we were also disappointed. This product, that is naturally eco-friendly and has so many benefits, routinely was packaged in a lot of plastic.
Mona, the scientist, was also surprised to find that the sellers of this wonderful product knew little to nothing about them other than that “they work great.” When it came to understanding the science behind how saponin (the natural soap) worked, nobody had any understanding about what they were selling or how to troubleshoot problems.
We realized we could not only package and market soap nuts better than anyone else, but we could also build upon the wonderful properties of saponin and create other products. Our goal was to be as plastic free as possible to truly make the entire package as eco-friendly as possible – from contents to container. We wanted to be sure no one would ever find a plastic bottle on the beach from our company, so we decided not to use plastic jugs at all.
We called our company `Eco Nuts,’ which we thought was a great description for these fantastic little berries as well as wonderful play on words for people like us who are crazy about the environment. We hope you will join us by becoming an Eco Nut, too!
In October of 2012 we appeared on the hit prime time show Shark Tank on ABC. You can read all about it here.